HIV Australia 2014
Summary of articles published in 2014.
HIV AUSTRALIA Vol. 12 No. 1
HIV and relationships
This edition of HIV Australia focuses on HIV and relationships. Contributors discuss research, and present personal and historical accounts about their own and others’ lived experiences.
A broad spectrum of relationships are discussed, including sexual and platonic relationships, relationships with friends, family and peers, and relationships involving organisations and community.
We’re all on the same side’: relationships between general practitioners and their patients and peers in HIV medicine
Christy Newman, Asha Persson, John de Wit and Michael Kidd examine relationships between general practitioners and their patients and peers in HIV medicine
Unlikely bedfellows: an enduring relationship between two organisations
Liz Crock and John Hall look back on a 30 year partnership providing advocacy and support to people with HIV in Victoria.
Life during wartime: nursing on the frontline at Ward 17 South at St Vincent’s Hospital
PAUL VAN REYK documents the vital role played by nursing staff during the early years of Australia’s HIV epidemic.
A matter of trust: navigating HIV disclosure and the law within relationships
AMANDA JONES and INDRAVEER CHATTERJEE examine the intersection between HIV, public health law and relationships, and conclude that privacy protections are lacking.
HIV treatment and transmission in gay male serodiscordant relationships: The Opposites Attract Study
BENJAMIN BAVINTON reports on research into ‘treatment as prevention’ among gay male serodiscordant couples.
HIV and relationships: facing a new reality
James May speaks with three HIV-positive people in rural NSW. They share very different stories about their relationships with sexual partners, family and the HIV community.
HIV AUSTRALIA Vol. 12 No. 2
HIV and the enabling environment
This special edition of HIV Australia was published to coincide with the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia.
In Memoriam, Vivienne Munro
Vivienne Munro was a pioneer of Australia’s early HIV response, much loved and admired for her contribution to Australia’s community response and support for HIV-positive women. Vivienne passed away in May 2014.
Australian support for community HIV responses in PNG: what works, how do we show it, and who will fund it anyway?
The National Association of People Living with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) and Scarlet Alliance have conducted partnerships programs in Papua New Guinea (PNG). NAPWHA has worked with Igat Hope, PNG’s People Living With HIV (PLHIV) organisation for over a decade.
Successful funding mechanisms to foster civil society: which way forward in China?
Experiences from the CHAIN, APCASO and AFAO Community Advocacy Initiative on the Investment Framework program in China.
Comparing Pacific and Australian approaches to gay men’s health: reflections on the 2014 AFAO National Gay Men’s HIV Health Promotion Conference
Reflections on the 2014 AFAO National Gay Men’s HIV Health Promotion Conference.
Walk with me: creating an enabling environment for men of diverse sexualities and transgender people in Papua New Guinea
In Papua New Guinea (PNG), sex between men is criminalised. Many people in the community hold strong views against homosexuality and acts of violence against sexually diverse men and transgender people are common.
Developing the narrative of HIV-related stigma and discrimination in Papua New Guinea
This article reports on the experience of Igat Hope, the organisation representing people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Papua New Guinea (PNG), in furthering the understanding of HIVrelated stigma and discrimination in PNG.
How to spread gay rights beyond the West
While the march of gay rights continues across the West, in parts of the world they are going backwards, with states hardening their repression of people on the basis of their sexuality, writes DENNIS ALTMAN.
An engaged civil society underpins the success of Global Fund’s New Funding Model
There has been a lot of buzz around the Global Fund’s New Funding Model (NFM), an important outcome of the Global Fund Strategy Framework 2012–16: Investing for Impact 1, launched in March 2014.
Community engagement for improved outcomes for HIV/AIDS in Myanmar
A program to strengthen the HIV/ AIDS response in Myanmar was recently undertaken by Monash University under the Australian Government’s Australia Awards Fellowships (AAF) program.
Enhancing partnerships across the region: Australia Awards Fellowships
The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) International Program is working to enhance partnerships across Asia and the Pacific.
‘Using the heart’: law enforcement and people who use drugs in Asia
In countless countries around the world law enforcement officials continue to be at the forefront of the failing war on drugs and can be a major obstacle when it comes to implementing evidence-based HIV prevention and treatment interventions.
The Pacific Sexual Diversity Network: Strengthening enabling environments in the Pacific though capacity building and regional partnerships
The Pacific Sexual Diversity Network (PSDN) is a network that has been representing the interests of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG) in the Pacific region since 2007.
Learning from each other: the Australian-Asian partnership experience
This article presents some case studies of successful partnerships between the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) and networks of people who use drugs in Asia, reflecting on some challenges experienced by these networks, both in Australia and across the region.
Sex worker organisations’ partnerships and collaborations for capacity development
Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association, is the national peak body representing sex workers and sex worker organisations in Australia.
A Papua New Guinea–Australia HIV Research Partnership: generating new knowledge, building capacity and forging new friendships
Partnerships of mutual benefit are often forged to confront a common challenge. One such challenge is how to address HIV in Australia’s nearest neighbour, Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Mobilising men who have sex with men for HIV counselling and testing
Matthew Vaughan looks at an innovative pilot project that aims to increase demand for HIV counselling and testing among regional networks of men who have sex with men.
For the community, by the community: strengthening effective responses to HIV
Men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender (TG) people are two populations disproportionately affected by HIV across Asia and the Pacific.
Community-based responses to HIV in developed Asia: challenges and approaches for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people
Challenges and approaches for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Creating an enabling environment: regional networks and community organisations are leading the way
Community organisations and networks are essential to achieving effective HIV responses, and a diverse, strong and active civil society is leading the way in Asia and the Pacific.
AIDS 2014: Under the Baobab
The African Diaspora Networking Zone at AIDS 2014 in Melbourne has been organised by the Multicultural Health and Support Service (MHSS) in collaboration with the African Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV/AIDS (ABDGN) and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisation’s (AFAO’s) African Reference Group.
Our story, our time, our future: Indigenous culture, continuity and centrality to the global HIV response
In 2014 the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) will be held for the first time in Australia, in the city of Melbourne. As a prelude to AIDS 2014, Sydney will host the International Indigenous Pre-conference on HIV & AIDS, on the land and home of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.
Australia, migration and HIV: an evolving policy landscape
Australia is a signatory to the 2011 United Nations Political Declaration (UNPD) on HIV and AIDS. By signing the declaration, Planning for AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, has focused attention on how people with HIV navigate Australia’s complex migration system.
Sex work legislation stands in the way of Australia’s commitments: decriminalisation for sex workers health, safety and rights
Australia is a signatory to the 2011 United Nations Political Declaration (UNPD) on HIV and AIDS. By signing the declaration, Australia has committed to protecting and promoting human rights and the elimination of stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV and prioritised communities (including sex workers) as a ‘critical element in combating the global HIV epidemic’1 and achieving the UNPD targets.
A time to be loud and furious: AIDS activism in Australia
Films like Dallas Buyers Club, which won Matthew McConaughey an Oscar®, and United in Anger, a history of ACT UP, have turned HIV activists into heroes.
Hopes for AIDS 2014 and beyond
It is fitting in many ways, that after three decades of the HIV epidemic, the International AIDS Conference is finally coming to Australia. Fitting because Australia has punched way above its weight on a global level in response to HIV – from the very beginning.
The Enabling environment: a note from the editors
Welcome to this special edition of HIV Australia, published to coincide with the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia.
HIV AUSTRALIA Vol. 12 No. 3
HIV, activism and the arts
This edition of HIV Australia explores the role that both art and activism play in creating engagement, stimulating discussion and calling for change.
Book review: The Scarlet Moment
‘In this life, I pick up stones wanting explanations about their enigmas …
‘Do stones dream? Stones wait patiently for children to pick them up, throw them into the air and return them to the earth, becoming falling grains of sand in another life.’
Yet Still We Dance! – blurring the boundaries between art, performance and activism
Sex workers are creative. We create environments and services which provide enjoyment, pleasure and hospitality to people from many different walks of life.The ability to do this is a gift … a learned talent … a performance … an art form.
Literature, glamour and sex: vignettes from the age of style as defiance
One sunny Friday afternoon in the early 90s I was on a tram going from St Kilda Road to the city. A tall gaudily dressed transgender woman on the opposite seat was on the nod, peaceful enough, occasionally opening a single eye, and clutching a small overstuffed handbag.
Lyle Chan: an AIDS activist’s thoughts on music, history, and creativity
Today, Lyle Chan is an acclaimed composer, whose works have been commissioned and performed by major artists including soprano Taryn Fiebig, pianist Simon Tedeschi and the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, and the even former Foreign Minister, Bob Carr.
True words … true story: my journey through the visual arts and working with communities
My name is Arone Meeks, I am a Kuku Midiji man from Laura, Cape York, Far North Queensland. Here I’m going to talk about my creative pathway and journey through the visual arts, and how this work interconnects with health promotion, HIV, and working with communities.
Dimensions of HIV-related stigma: exploring stigma through artistic practice
In July this year, I had the good fortune to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference and to stage an exhibition at the Brunswick Street Gallery, entitled A Decade of HIV-Related Stigma.
ENUF Already: stories of resilience told through artistic collaboration
During AIDS 2014, Living Positive Victoria’s ENUF project was involved in a range of artistic collaborations to raise the profile of issues affecting people living with HIV.
ENUF is Enough!
In May 2014, the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) premiered two new theatre productions that hoped to help end stigma and raise awareness around HIV and AIDS by taking the lived experiences of Victorians living with HIV and responding to them theatrically.
Positively fabulous: the art of raising awareness and changing women’s lives
I first met Kim Davis (or rather, her alter ego, Ma’Dam Kim, pictured), surrounded by a camera crew at ICAAP11 (the 11th International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific) in Bangkok.
TRANSMISSIONS and Vital Signs A glimpse of two exhibitions staged during AIDS 2014
TRANSMISSIONS was an exhibition, mounted at the George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne, in July 2014.
Not art: creativity, chaos and activism
The International AIDS Conference in Melbourne earlier this year featured a strong artistic component, with the National Gallery of Victoria hosting a retrospective of work by gay artist David McDiarmid attracting thousands of visitors.
From camp to gay to queer: David McDiarmid and HIV/AIDS art
At the end of July, Melbourne hosted the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014). A huge red AIDS 2014 sign perched on the Swanston Street Bridge between Flinders Street Station and the Melbourne Concert Hall.
How we saved our lives: the gay community and the Australian response to AIDS
The Australian response to AIDS has been widely hailed as the best in the world and it provided a model that was adopted and adapted in a variety of countries and societies.